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Letters

  • Student recycling program worthy of five stars

    As student members of Roane County’s Environmental Review Board, we offer hearty congratulations to Rockwood Middle School in their receipt of a donation from Isotek Systems, a subsidiary of EnergySolutions, for implementing and sustaining a recycling program.

    Rockwood Middle School developed a plan to remove paper, cans and plastic from the waste stream destined for the landfill in Dayton. These materials have a beneficial reuse and created a positive return to Roane County.

  • Obama exhibits moral courage on several fronts

    More than 40 years ago, I was lucky enough to land in East Tennessee. I soon learned that Tennessee is the Volunteer State. I liked that then, and I like it even more so now. Volunteers do things on principle, often at considerable inconvenience or risk.

    A man much in the news who is not from Tennessee, but nevertheless has demonstrated moral courage over and over again is our president, Barack Obama.

  • Obama birth debate continues with Joe Arpaio

    You recently had an article titled “Famed Ariz. sheriff holds suspect for Roane.” That sheriff’s name is Joseph Arpaio.

  • Republicans say they just don’t want to be broke

    If I come to Harriman for a visit and need to get a prescription filled at the drug store, what is the one main thing I’ll need? Photo ID.

    Wait, wait! If I’m elderly, minority, disabled or other couch-potato 99 percent, is this not discrimination?

    If I want to buy Sudafed, get on a plane, do banking, see a doctor or even, gentle reader, get a library card what do I need? So what’s the biggie-boo about having photo ID to vote?

  • Rotary Club offers thanks for the help of many

    The Rotary Club of Kingston would like to thank all the individuals and families who attended for their support.

    Thanks also go to the following businesses and individuals who showed their support by purchasing table sponsorships and donating items:

  • Lions pancake fundraiser most successful ever

    The residents of Roane County have again demonstrated their great generosity by their support of the Kingston Lions pancake breakfast on March 31. More than 200 people attended. We thank them and the many people who purchased tickets as a contribution.  
    We also thank Kingston Food City, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Reily Foods (JFG), United Grocery Outlet and Walmart for donating, or providing at reduced cost, the materials used for the breakfast so that our financial income was maximized.  

  • Swiss version of ObamaCare doing great job there

    The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “ObamaCare”) is now front and center on the  American political stage.

    Many people are outraged about the “individual mandate” — that is, the provision that everyone not already covered by health care insurance (by their employers, for example, or by the military, Medicare, or private insurance) must buy insurance, with financial aid for those who cannot afford it.  

  • Let’s stop the pain of unnecessary use of painkillers

    I have decided to write this letter to allow the readers of this newspaper to better understand the pain families deal with because of the negligence of some doctors here and elsewhere who prescribe pain killers as if they are handing out vitamins.

    Most people do not know who these local doctors are, but those of us who have a family member who has become an addict know.

    Law enforcement knows.

  • Neal made a mistake, should be reinstated

    Thanks and a hearty concurrence with the letter from Brant Williams in the Roane County News concerning the error in reporting the Kingston tax rate to the state.

    While I live South of the River and do not have direct standing in regard to this issue, nonetheless it is important to the citizens of Kingston and all of Roane County that our civic governance be carried out correctly.

  • Lots of positives in this place we call home

    I’m writing this letter in response to the writer from Kingston dated March 23. Just like him, I find myself constantly writing negative letters. The reason I do that is simple. When something makes me mad, I write about it. I have dozens of articles that I’ve written but didn’t send to the paper because I don’t want people to think I’m a negative person.